Justin Bieber’s Monkey Is Still in Germany, Waiting For Someone to Help
UPDATE: According to the AP, Justin has until midnight Friday, May 17 (aka today) to contact the German shelter, or Mally will be transferred to a zoo or animal park in Germany and Justin will be faced with a bill for thousands of euros for making the shelter take care of his pet.
Shelter manager Karl Heinz Joachim said Mally, now 20 weeks old, was doing well and had gained weight during his two-month stay there. However, the shelter criticized Justin — or, really, the friend who gave him the monkey — for keeping Mally as a pet since the monkey shouldn't have been taken away from his mother until age 1. Capuchin monkeys are also social animals and should be kept in groups, not alone. "The best thing would be not to buy one at all, but if you do, buy five," the manager said.
Original story, from April 24:
Seriously, stop giving Justin Bieber pets. It's debatable whether anyone should be given a pet monkey, but definitely not Bieber. He's too busy. He's too mobile. He's not really in a place to be a responsible animal caretaker.
Justin got his 17-week-old capuchin monkey, Mally, as a 19th birthday present. Little Mally is adorable, but he's also reportedly been stuck at the Munich Animal Protection League shelter in Germany since March 28, when the touring singer failed to produce the proper paperwork to bring Mally into the country. Judith Brettmeister, a spokeswoman for the shelter, told The Associated Press (via New York Daily News) that her office had received two emails from a representative claiming he was with Justin's management company.
The first email asked how long JB had to provide the paperwork before the monkey would be euthanized. The shelter reps replied that animals aren't euthanized in German shelters. (Yay! Go Germany on this one.)
In a second e-mail referenced by the AP, the JB rep reportedly wrote, “Our team is looking into the idea of placing Mally at a zoo in Germany. Would you happen to have any recommendations for places that Mally would be safe and thrive? ... Again, we are very concerned that Mally is safe and placed in the best possible residence."
A customs rep said Mally would stay at the shelter until Justin or someone with his power of attorney got in touch with them directly. Because they don't even really know if the e-mails were legit. They need something more official than that. Justin has until May 17 to provide the proper paperwork. After that point, he loses ownership and Mally becomes "the property of the Federal Republic of Germany."
This poor monkey. You think you've got it made traveling the world with a rich pop star, and this happens. At least Justin hasn't forgotten about Mally, and you have to blame the gift-giver as much as the kid who took Mally to Germany. But Justin is still traveling on his tour, kissing Selena Gomez in Oslo, Norway, and making fans cheer in Stockholm, Sweden. Mally deserves better.